• Personal Cleanser Sales Just Keep Bubbling Along

    Personal Cleanser Sales Just Keep Bubbling Along

    Katie Middleweek, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets January 4, 2010
    All of the Big 5 countries had a successful year when it came to bathroom products. All of them posted gains in value terms and although launch pace was slow in some areas, the sector seems to have kept its head well above water. It must be said tha…

  • Europe’s Oral Care Market Tries to Smile

    Katie Middleweek, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets November 25, 2009
    The European oral hygiene market has experienced mixed fortunes during the past year. France and Germany posted declines in most categories while Italy, Spain and the UK have had more reason to smile, posting growth in value and volume terms. Despit…

  • Color Cosmetics Market Is Increasingly Vibrant

    Katie Middleweek, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets November 9, 2009
    It has been a dynamic and successful year for the color cosmetics industry in the Big 5 countries. Each recorded an increase in value terms proving that no financial strains will dampen customer’s appetite for bright and innovative cosmetics. T…

  • European Spa Industry Continues to Thrive

    European Spa Industry Continues to Thrive

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets October 5, 2009
    Despite recenteconomic problems, the Big 5’s spa industry has experienced relatively good fortunes in the past year. The number of spas and treatments available, as well as the number of products launched into the market,…

  • Hair Styling Sales Lack Volume in Europe

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets September 3, 2009
    It has not been a good year for the Big 5 European countries with regard to hair styling as every country recorded losses. The recession has left its mark on this segment as the situation is even worse than back in 2007, when things initially started…

  • Mixed Hair Care Results in Western Europe

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets August 3, 2009
    The fortunes of the European hair care sector have been mixed, to say the least, during the past year. France and Spain posted losses while Germany, the UK and Italy reported gains. Germany’s gain was the most impressive of all at 6.2% while Fr…

  • Europe’s AP/Deo Market Freshens Up Its Act

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets July 7, 2009
    The Big 5 countries were, for once, united in their results when it came to the deodorant sector—sales rose in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK during the past year. France reported the highest growth at an impressive 10.1% while Italy…

  • It’s Been a Rough Road for European Body Care

    Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets June 9, 2009
    It is fair to say that several countries in the European Big 5 took a big hit in the body care category last year. France, Germany and Spain each reported a drop in sales, while Italy registered only a 0.8% increase. The UK came out as the champion…

  • Buoyant Fragrance Sales Through Most of Europe

    Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets May 1, 2009
    The mood is upbeat in women’s fragrances in Western Europe these days, as the UK, Spain and France all posted significant growth. In contrast, Italy posted slight gains, while sales in Germany were flat. France is synonymous with perfumes and…

  • Weathering the Storm in European Sun Care

    Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets March 31, 2009
    Sun care has always been a category prone to changeable fortunes and the past year has proved no exception with mixed results across the Big 5. Italy, Spain and the UK all basked in the sunlight of value gains while France and Germany were given the…

  • Separating the Men from the Boys

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets March 3, 2009
    Bucking the credit crunch in the male grooming sector, the Big 5 has grown in value terms in all countries in the past year. Some growth is much stronger than others but all are going in the right direction nonetheless. France and the UK had particul…

  • Facial Skin Care Sales Keep Europeans Smiling

    Katie Rodgers, European Cosmetic Markets February 5, 2009
    The facial skin care market, a stalwart of the European cosmetics and toiletries industry, has remained buoyant during the past year. There was good growth in most areas, particularly in France, where the market grew an impressive 7.7%. The UK and Ge…

  • Cleansers Remain Afloat in Turbulent Water

    Cleansers Remain Afloat in Turbulent Water

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets January 7, 2009
    On the face of it,  bathroom product sales have remained steady and most countries in Europe’s Big 5 registered some growth in 2007 due to much new product innovation. However, any growth has been very slim and Italy actually slipped by 1.…

  • Oral Care Marketers Have a Reason to Smile

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets December 1, 2008
    There is certainly reason to be cheerful in the Big 5’s oral hygiene category in the past year with all five countries unusually posting an increase in both value and volume terms. This is positive news indeed in an increasingly unstable Europe…

  • Most Markets in Europe Have a Colorful Future

    Most Markets in Europe Have a Colorful Future

    Katie Rodgers, Editor, European Cosmetic Markets November 7, 2008
    It has been a good year on the color cosmetics front with sales up in all of the Big 5 countries (France, Germany, the UK, Italy and Spain). In particular, Germany and the UK registered very positive growth with gains of 10% and 8.7%, respectively. &…

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